Revo­lu­tion DB9

It costs as much as a one bed­room apart­ment in a rea­son­able area of town. It is made fa­mous by James Bond. It is Martin, As­ton Martin and their new DB9 is fit for a king, mil­lion-dol­lar ex­ec­u­tive, su­per spy or any­one with taste and a lot of money.

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If you have a spare $200,000 in the bank, do your­self a favour. The new DB9 is an im­prove­ment on the old – if that is at all pos­si­ble. In fact, how do you make the per­fect car even bet­ter?

First, you make it more pow­er­ful. The new DB9 boasts peak power of 517 PS, ef­fort­less torque of up to 620 NM and the new AM11 V12 en­gine en­sures this is the most pow­er­ful DB9 ever pro­duced.

Of course these days, with great power comes great en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

So the de­sign­ers at As­ton Martin de­cided a CO2 re­duc­tion, sav­ing 12g/ km was a nice nod to in­creas­ing green sen­si­bil­i­ties. How­ever you can still get to 100kmh in 4.6 sec­onds and it still grunts like a fast car. Aid­ing the speed is the fact that the new DB9 is 15kg lighter.

The brak­ing sys­tem has also been im­proved. Engi­neers at As­ton Martin have de­scribed the sys­tem as the best brak­ing sys­tem since ad­vanced car­bon ce­ramic brakes were fit­ted on ev­ery car. The new brakes of­fer a bet­ter re­sponse with a longer life and bring im­proved per­for­mance with vir­tu­ally no fade.

They’ve also in­tro­duced adap­tive damp­ing to the all-round dou­ble wish­bone sus­pen­sion, which fea­tures three dif­fer­ent modes – Nor­mal, Sport and Track – that help trans­form the DB9 on the move.

As for the in­te­rior, master crafts­men were brought in to work with master de­sign­ers to pro­duce a level of fit and fin­ish un­heard of in a Grand Tourer.

The leather welts flow and are cus­tom made by hand in new fa­cil­i­ties, the con­trol switches – made of real glass, the leather – the finest Bridge of Weir hides.

The DB9 is the clas­sic As­ton Martin. If you want sport, buy your­self the Van­quish, if you want the apex of lux­ury Rapide should be on your menu. If you want clas­sic, it’s DB9 all the way.

This is more than just an up­grade. The re­sult? The most lux­u­ri­ous As­ton Martin DB9 in history.

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